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Girls Aloud Biography

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Birth Place: London, England
Years Active: 2002–present
Genres: Pop, Electropop, Dance-pop

Girls Aloud is an English-Irish pop girl group based in London. They were created through the ITV1 talent show “Popstars: The Rivals” in 2002. The group consists of Cheryl Cole (née Tweedy), Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh. They are signed to Fascination Records, a Polydor imprint.

They released their debut single “Sound of the Underground,” which became the Christmas #1 on both the U.K. Singles vhart and Irish Singles vhart. Their second single, “No Good Advice,” was released in May 2003. A week later, the group released their debut album “Sound of the Underground,” which was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The third single to be taken from the album was “Life Got Cold.” Their fourth single, “Jump,” a cover version of “Jump (for My Love)” by The Pointer Sisters, was taken from the soundtrack for the film “Love Actually,” and appeared on the re-issue of “Sound of the Underground.”

“What Will the Neighbours Say?,” the group's second album, was released in November 2004 and produced four singles, “The Show,” “Love Machine,” “I'll Stand by You” and “Wake Me Up.” Preceded by the singles “Long Hot Summer” and “Biology,” their third album, “Chemistry,” was released in December 2005. It is their lowest charting album to date, although it was still certified platinum in the U.K.

The following year, Girls Aloud released their greatest hits anthology, “The Sound of Girls Aloud,” which included their 12 singles and three new songs, two of which, “Something Kinda Ooooh” and “I Think We're Alone Now,” were released as singles. March 2007 saw the release of “Walk This Way,” a charity single for Comic Relief, performed in collaboration with Sugababes.

In November 2007, their album “Tangled Up” was released and entered the U.K. Albums chart at #4. It was preceded by the lead single “Sexy! No No No...” The group's 19th single, “The Promise,” was released in October 2008, and entered the U.K. Singles chart at #1. It was taken from “Out of Control,” their fifth studio album, which was released in 2008 and reached #1 on the U.K. Albums chart. “The Loving Kind” was released in 2009 and peaked at #10 in the U.K., becoming their 20th consecutive Top 10 single, while “Untouchable” reached #11, making it their first single to miss the UK Top 10.

Their second greatest hits record, “Ten,” was issued in 2012. It was released in commemoration of the group's tenth anniversary. The album consisted of 14 Girls Aloud singles, including the #1 singles “Sound of the Underground,” “I'll Stand by You” and “The Promise” and four new tracks. “Ten” entered the U.K. Albums chart at #9.